Tag Archives: Ulster County Resolution No. 350

Ulster County primaries today – go vote!

If you are registered in a political party, today is the primary. Please go out and vote. EVERY vote counts!  
UPDATE 9/11/15 – Report on the results of the primaries herehere and here
 
The last Mayoral election for the City of Kingston was decided by fewer than 10 votes. There are primaries for mayor, alderman-at-large, and several of the Common Council wards in Kingston. There are also primaries for several of the Ulster county legislative seats.
 
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Polls are open from Noon to 9pm.
Your voice matters

If you are short on time, stop reading and go vote!

Otherwise read on.

You might wonder why I am posting about town and county voting on an education blog but who we have in our local elected offices does make a difference to education.  The local elected officials might not have direct control over education but they can have an impact on what happens in our schools.

Several education-related questions came up in the Mayoral debate two weeks ago and whatever actions are taken regarding the Building a Better Broadway plan will have a big impact on Kingston High School.

The Ulster County legislature passed a unanimous resolution last November urging the New York State legislature to work to stop Common Core.  With this resolution ALL of the county legislators, both Republican and Democratic, acknowledged the adverse impact that Common Core is having on our children and our schools and took action for the voice of Ulster County to be heard.  Press release – Ulster County Legislators Voice Opposition to Federal Common Core Initiative

As you vote, please consider who will best support and continue to protect the children of our school district and our county.

Urging New York Counties to Support Repeal of Common Core

Yesterday (November 24, 2014) Ulster County Legislator Craig Lopez and I discussed Ulster County Resolution No. 350 in support of repealing Common Core with Hudson Valley Focus LIVE host Tom Sipos (NewsRadio 1450/1370 WKIP).  We called on other counties to introduce and pass similar resolutions.

Read more: http://www.1450wkip.com/onair/tom-sipos-49447/today-on-hudson-valley-focus-live-13003419/#ixzz3K7Qjh5jc

Additional information about Ulster County Resolution No. 350 can be found on Jolyn’s Education Corner here and here.

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KAFE speaks in support of repealing Common Core (Ulster County Resolution No. 350)

Kingston Action For Education (KAFE) co-founders Tory Lowe, Maria Maritsas and myself (Jolyn Safron) and KAFE member Madeline Hoetger spoke about a number of concerns related to Common Core before the Ulster County legislature at the monthly session on Tuesday October 21, 2014.  We urged the members of the legislature to vote in favor of Resolution No. 350 supporting the repeal of Common Core.

Resolution No. 350 – Supporting The Reintroduction and Passage Of New York State Assembly Bill 07994 and Senate Bill 06267, An Act To Amend The Education Law, In Relation To The Common Core State Standards Initiative And The Race To The Top Program

The Ulster County legislature website has video of the October 21 legislature session with KAFE comments beginning at approximately 6:15 into the video and ending around the 19:30 minute mark.

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The Legislative Programs, Education and Community Services Committee discussed Resolution No. 350 at their meeting on November 5.  I spoke about the history of Common Core and some of the issues associated with the development of the standards.  Several other community members spoke including KAFE co-founder Maria Maritsas and the committee members discussed concerns they were familiar with about Common Core.  Audio of the committee meeting is available here.

KAFE members spoke again in support of Resolution No. 350 at the legislative session on November 18.  The Ulster County legislature unanimously approved Resolution No. 350 with a vote of 23-0 – video available here.

Press release for Resolution No. 350.

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Ulster County votes in support of Repealing Common Core!

The Ulster County Legislature voted 23-0 tonight to pass Resolution No. 350 in support of repealing common core and race to the top!

Resolution No. 350 – Supporting The Reintroduction and Passage Of New York State Assembly Bill 07994 and Senate Bill 06267, An Act To Amend The Education Law, In Relation To The Common Core State Standards Initiative And The Race To The Top Program

Video from the legislative session

Please thank your county legislator for standing in support of our children tonight.  Here is a list of the Ulster County legislators with their contact information to assist you in contacting your county legislator.

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Press release – Ulster County Legislators Voice Opposition to Federal Common Core Initiative

 

Meetings and events for KCSD Parents this week – November 17, 2014

Below are some meetings that might be of interest to parents in the Kingston City School District this week:

  • Autism Parent Support Group – Tuesday November 18 6:30pm Chambers
  • Ulster County Legislature Session – Tuesday November 18 7pm – 6th floor County Office Building – discussion/vote on Resolution 350 supporting repeal of Common Core
  • Board of Education Meeting – Wednesday November 19 7pm JFK – agenda here
  • Budget Forum – Thursday November 20 6pm Cioni
  • Financial Aid Night – Thursday November 20 6pm KHS auditorium
  • Parent Education Night – KCSD Curriculum Changes (grades K-8) – Monday November 24 6:30-8pm Miller

There are a number of PTO/PTA meetings this week as well as special events for parents in many of the elementary schools in celebration of American Education week.  Check the district calendar or your school calendar for specific dates.

The first KCSD concert of the season is tonight (Tuesday November 18), a Pops Concert at KHS (click here) and the full winter concert schedule is available here.  Miller Middle School is performing Hairspray Jr. this weekend – click here for times and ticket information.

If you know of an event/meeting that should be added to this list, send me a message so I can update the list.  Also send me a message or call me if you find this sort of list helpful and you would like to see it be a weekly feature on Jolyn’s Education Corner.

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Do you want to repeal Common Core?

If you would like to see the repeal of Common Core and Race to the Top in New York State, here is something you can do right now!

  1. Attend the Ulster County legislative session on Tuesday November 18, 2014 7pm to show support for Ulster County Resolution No. 350 supporting Repeal of Common Core and Race to the Top.
  2. Contact your Ulster County legislator before November 18 and ask them to support Resolution No. 350.  Tell them why you are opposed to Common Core and what impact Common Core is having on your family.

Read here for details about Ulster County Resolution No. 350.

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The Ulster County legislative session on Tuesday November 18 will be held at 7pm in the Legislative Chambers – 6th floor of the County Office Building, 244 Fair St. Kingston NY 12401.

Action needed to help Ulster County support the repeal of Common Core

As residents of Ulster County, we have an exciting opportunity!  We have the opportunity to come together in discussion of Common Core and its impact on our children and our schools and to ask our Ulster County legislature to move Resolution No. 350 in support of ending the implementation of Common Core in New York State.

Please do the following:

  • E-mail your Ulster County legislator today with a brief description of why you are concerned about Common Core and ask him/her to support Resolution No. 350 on November 18.
  • Adjust your calendar and plan to attend the Ulster County legislative session on November 18, 2014 and speak during public comment or if you can not possibly speak before a group of people, at least be present to lend your support to those who are speaking.

Here is a list of the Ulster County legislators with their contact information to assist you in contacting your county legislator.

Resolution No. 350 – Supporting The Reintroduction and Passage Of New York State Assembly Bill 07994 and Senate Bill 06267, An Act To Amend The Education Law, In Relation To The Common Core State Standards Initiative And The Race To The Top Program

Resolution No. 350 is authored by Ulster County legislator Craig Lopez (Towns of Shawangunk/Wawarsing).   Ulster County legislators Mary Wawro (Town of Saugerties), David Donaldson (City of Kingston) and Donald Gregorius (Towns of Hurley/Woodstock) joined as sponsors of the resolution at the Legislative Programs committee meeting on November 5 and the resolution will come before the full Ulster County legislature for a vote on November 18, 2014.

Read past discussion of Resolution No. 350 here, here, and here.

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Your presence needed November 5, 2014 in support of repealing Common Core

Please attend the Ulster County Legislative Programs, Education & Community Services committee meeting tomorrow Wednesday November 5, 2014 to show support of Resolution No. 350 urging repeal of Common Core in New York State.

UPDATE 11/6/14:  Resolution No. 350 passed the committee and will be going to the full Ulster County legislature for a vote on November 18!  Please plan to attend the legislative session in the county building on Fair Street (Kingston NY) to show your support of this resolution.

Resolution No. 350 – Supporting The Reintroduction and Passage Of New York State Assembly Bill 07994 and Senate Bill 06267, An Act To Amend The Education Law, In Relation To The Common Core State Standards Initiative And The Race To The Top Program

The committee will meet at 5pm in the Howard C. St. John Business Seminar Room (Room 118), Clinton Building at SUNY Ulster.  Here is the committee agenda.

Click here to read background information about Resolution No. 350 as well as how to contact your county legislators to share your concerns regarding Common Core and details for when the resolution comes before the full Ulster County legislature on November 18, 2014.

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Will you act to help Ulster County support the repeal of Common Core?

As residents of Ulster County, we have an exciting opportunity in the upcoming month.  We have the opportunity to come together in discussion of Common Core and its impact on our children and our schools and then ask our Ulster County legislature to move Resolution No. 350 in support of ending the implementation of Common Core in New York State.

This will not be easy or a trivial undertaking but I believe our children are worth it and we can do it!

Ulster County legislator Craig Lopez has drafted Resolution No. 350 in support of the New York State assembly and senate bills to end the implementation of Common core – read the current version of the resolution here – and will reintroduce the resolution to the Legislative Programs, Education and Community Services committee on November 5, 2014 before the resolution comes to the floor to be voted on by the full Ulster County legislature on November 18, 2014.  UPDATE 11/6/14:  Resolution No. 350 passed the committee and will be going to the full Ulster County legislature for a vote on November 18!

Kingston Action For Education co-founders and members Tory Lowe, Maria Maritsas, myself (Jolyn Safron) and Madeline Hoetger spoke about a number of concerns related to Common Core before the Ulster County legislature at the monthly session on Tuesday October 21, 2014.  Now we need you, the Ulster County community, to communicate with the members of the Legislative Programs committee and your county legislators regarding your personal concerns and stories related to the impact Common Core has had in Ulster County.  A few people will not be able to take the Common Core problem on alone.  The county will need to come together to make a stand against Common Core.  Just imagine if we can light the way for the rest of New York State to create similar resolutions and have a ground-swell coming to the state legislature that Common Core does indeed need to be repealed!

Here are some suggestions of what you can do:

  • E-mail your county legislator today with a brief description of why you are concerned about Common Core.
  • Adjust your calendar and plan to attend the legislative session on November 18, 2014 and speak during public comment or if you can not possibly speak before a group of people, at least be present to lend your support to those who are speaking.
  • Call your county legislator next week with another concern (if you have more than one).
  • Make an appointment for the following week (or switch the activities around if that works better – or do two weeks of e-mails – just make contacts).
  • Keep the communication informative and respectful.  Our legislators are residents of Ulster County just like we are and want the best for all of the residents of the county including our children.

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Here is a list of the Ulster County legislators with their contact information.

Here is contact information specifically for the members of the Legislative Programs, Education and Community Services committee:

Past discussion of Resolution No. 350 here, here and here.

Update on Ulster County Resolution 350 to support repeal of Common Core

Resolution 350 in support of the NYS Senate and assembly bills to end the implementation of common core has been postponed by the sponsor legislator Craig Lopez until November. Mr. Lopez indicated a few changes to be made to help strengthen the language in the resolution prior to it passing through committee and coming to the floor to be voted on by the full Ulster County Legislature. The resolution will be reintroduced the first week of November at the legislative programs committee held on Wednesday the 5th at 5 PM at Ulster County community college.

Please plan to attend the Ulster County legislative session tomorrow Tuesday October 21, 2014 at 7pm to share with our Ulster County legislators how Common Core is adversely impacting your student and family.  The legislature will meet at the County Office Building, 244 Fair Street Kingston New York 12401 in the Legislative Chambers on the 6th floor.  Let me know if you are attending and we can sign in together.  Each person speaking during public comment will be given three minutes to speak.

Also use this coming month to communicate directly with the various legislators regarding your concerns and issues associated with Common Core and why Ulster County should support the repeal of Common Core.  E-mails, phone calls and in-person meetings will all be helpful.

Click here for more information on Ulster County Resolution No. 350.

Here is a list of the Ulster County legislators with their contact information.

**Correction – committee meeting is November 5, 2014 not November 12 as initially reported.